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A Students Story

One of our students wrote the following story about her journey to date. She has given her permission for me to share this with you to give hope to others.
A mothers fight for life.....
Anxiety and depression have stolen parts of my life from me, and from my family. Time that I will never get back.Sometimes it has been months, but there have also been years that have been lost forever.The darkness is so overwhelming it chokes the life out of you, you are existing but you are not alive. Fear and loneliness is your blanket, it is wrapped around you tightly where ever you go.You can not function, your basic life skills fail you, family and friends think you are getting lazy and you can't be bothered. You can hear them say "what is wrong with her?" " is she losing it?" You become isolated and withdrawn. You are an embarrassment to your family and to yourself. You are diagnosed with a mental illness, but the stigma that comes with it can be as crippling as the condition. You are told to "get on with things" and "pull yourself together " and stop using "it" as an excuse. You are made to feel like a failure, you are incomplete, a reject, not fit for purpose. You start to believe it and know that everyone would be able to get on with their lives better if you where not there. You are a nuisance. You are unable to care for your children, how can you lose that maternal, nurturing, instinct that was so strong before? Being a mother, the thing that gave you joy and a reason to live, it seems so far from your reach, will you ever get it back? Will things ever be the same? You feel guilty, family and friends have tried, but their patience has worn out. You keep trying to get out of the cage you are in and back to the "real" world, but you are so exhausted you can barely keep your eyes open some days. You wish that someone would help you, break you free from the pain and the prison you are in. Even when you have days that you are able to function in the "real" world, you feel a fraud, because it is not really you, it's an act you have to put on to fit in, to get by. No one knows how you are really feeling, and what it takes for you to get out of bed and get washed and dressed. The panic that takes a grip of your body, sometimes prevents you from going outside, it has control of you now, panic is the master, panic is calling the shots. You are screaming for help, but no one can hear you. You are desperate, you will do what it takes to get "well"......
There is hope, please be encouraged. This is an update of my fight.Along my journey I was invited to The Recovery College. I expressed an interest to become a volunteer.Attending The Recovery College as a student and a volunteer, has given me confidence and a purpose. It has made me feel alive.
Before attending the college I did not go out much. It has been 4 years since I was in employment, attending the college has given me confidence to apply for a job. Because I felt safe and valued at the college, it gave me the courage to talk about and accept my mental illness, which I have never been able to do before. I had come to a stop, but I am now moving forward. "
We are privileged to hear peoples stories of hope and their courage in battling to overcome their difficulties . We are proud that for this particular person the college has in partnership with her own inner strength has helped her to achieve her hopes and dreams.
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Another busy week here in the college....as well as our regular drop-in for potential students on Monday, we have delivered a mental health awareness session in Wolverhampton, a volunteering workshop, spirituality course and suicide prevention training for BCPFT staff.
Our February courses are filling up quickly so if you would like to attend please contact the college and we can check if there are places left.
have a lovely weekend!
best wishes
Debbie

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February 2016 Courses!

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take a look at our February courses, please call the college to register your interest!
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Weekly Blog W/e 22/01/2016

We have had another cracking week of courses including "Dealing with Distressing thoughts" , "Womens Mental health" and "Accessing benefits. I always feel very privileged to hear peoples stories of their distressing times , how they have fought to overcome these challenges and moved on with their lives. It takes great courage to stand up as a co facilitator or a student and share these experiences. Especially when people are sharing these stories with the intention of helping others. That is what makes Recovery Colleges special in my humble opinion - Respect to you all. Have a nice weekend
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Today's course....

Today we are running the "Dealing with Distressing Thoughts" course, the course is fully booked and proving very popular with our students. We will hopefully be running this course again in March 2016, please contact the college for more information!
best wishes
Debbie
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Birthday Greetings to our college administrator Debbie Thorp !

Our college administrator Debbie Thorp has taken three days off this week to celebrate her birthday! Many happy returns Debbie and thank you for all your hard work ! We missed you today with our Monday drop in , study skills course dinner time and Basic IT course this pm - it's another busy week !
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Recovery College Christmas jumper drop in!

Many thanks to all volunteers, students, colleagues and singers for making today's event such a great success . We raised over £300 which was a fantastic achievement .I hope everyone enjoyed the carol service and especially our version of the classic 12.days of Christmas remixed as the 12 days of Quayside !
Have a great Christmas and New Year !!
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Calling future co-producers!!

We are running a coproduction workshop for people who are interested in coproducing/cofacilitating at the college in the next couple of weeks - please contact the college if you are interested! best wishes Mick
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Busy busy week this week in the college! we have held 3 new taster courses (volunteering workshop, 'am I employable?' and 'exploring your spiritual side'.... today we are holding 'introduction to mental health awareness'. Tomorrow mental health awaresness for West Mids Police! All courses have been fully booked, watch out for our new programme in t...
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Can you help at the Recovery College?

The College ran a co-produced mental health awareness course for STR workers from our Liaison and Diversion and crisis teams today - staff feedback was very positive - if you feel we can support your staff development please contact the College.If anybody is interested in becoming a co-producer/co-facilitator at the College, we are running a co-pro...
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